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Al-Qaeda cat infiltrates Creech, chaos ensues

Al-Qaeda has trained cats to infiltrate Creech AFB, sneak into the power substations and posthumously inherit 72 virginal kittens by shorting out the communications link to the US Air Force’s Predators and Reapers flying over Afghanistan.That is my satirical interpretation, anyway, of the following remarks yesterday at the Quad-A convention by Col Grant Webb, a […]

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Raytheon job ad reveals big upgrade for Sky Warrior

Who needs a PR staff when you can just browse job ads for news? Consider this new ad posted by Raytheon seeking to hire a program manager in Dallas. Manager III-Program Management InNovember of 2007, the U.S. Army selected RTN to provide a common sensorpayload for manned and unmanned aircraft in a program that couldrepresent […]

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Caesar betrayed by an acronym

Et tu, Raytheon?The defense contractor intentionally misspelled a would-be namesake to make the acronym work for a new pod (pictured above) for unmanned aircraft systems. So Caesar, the Roman emperor/murder victim, became CEASAR, short for communications electronic attack with surveillance and reconnaissance. The pod, unveiled yesterday at the Association of Old Crows convention, re-packages the […]

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Army clarifies complaints about General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc

I attended a press conference this morning with the US Army’s top acquisition managers for unmanned aircraft systems — Col Greg Gonzalez and Tim Owings.I asked about a lot of things, but I was particularly interested in their thoughts about one of their biggest contractors — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI). TDL: Thisis about […]

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General Atomics may a have customer relations problem

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has grown very quickly into a powerful force within the US defense industry. Their stable of products based on the Predator/Reaper/Sky Warrior family have dominated almost every competition they’ve entered.Almost, but not all. The US Navy passed over the Lockheed Martin/GA-ASI team offering the Mariner version of the Predator […]

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